Family of murdered Bradenton man speaks out

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Posted: Monday, December 10, 2012 6:19 pm | Updated: 11:01 am, Wed Jan 23, 2013.

BRADENTON - Officials say they can find no motivation or reason behind the killing of 31-year-old Rene Salinas.

"I though it was a dream, to tell you the truth, I didn't know really what to think," said Ismael Tapia, Salina's son.

Sadly it was not a dream for him, but rather the beginning of nightmare that won't soon be over.

"I believe it's ridiculous," said Ismael, "why would someone shoot someone for no reason?"

His father was gunned down at the intersection of 27th Street and 13th Avenue East in Bradenton early Sunday morning, in what police say was a random act of violence.

"I didn't want to believe it at first, but two people had to tell me," said Jackie Tapia, Salinas' daughter.

"He wouldn't hurt anybody, he actually helped everyone around him," said Jackie.

Witnesses said they heard multiple gunshots ring out.

"Pop, pop, pop, pop, it was like four shots at once," said Carolyn Luna, who lives near the shooting scene.

Neighbors in the area say any murder is disturbing, especially one that police say is completely random.

Now left without a father, Salinas' children are turning to their family for support and asking their community for answers.

"How would they feel if this happened to somebody they loved?" said Jackie, "I mean would they stay quiet? I don't think so."

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